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Linux Journal: Trade Practices Act Is Basis for Australian Complaint Against SCO

Jul 30, 2003, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Con Zymaris)

"Open Source Victoria has filed a complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission against SCO. The tactic of using unsubstantiated claims and extortive legal threats to extract money from millions of Linux users may well be illegal in many countries, including Australia.

"Darl McBride, CEO of The SCO Group, spun his company's latest attack on Linux this way: "SCO has found a way to give Linux users a legal way to run Linux." As if SCO has found a way to do Linux users a favour!

"SCO's latest action was the recent registration of copyright to the legacy UNIX SYSTEM V source code, on which the company's already claimed copyright publicly. Regardless, this in no way affects Linux. Copyright registration is a simple filing procedure that formally registers a claim and does not in any way constitute proof of ownership.

"Although this particular salvo from SCO seems to be one more round in a possibly long and tedious legal affair, what SCO has done finally is given average Linux users a chance to raise a serious legal objection. Here's why..."

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